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Women in Toys, Licensing & Entertainment Welcomes Five New Board Members

New York, June 8, 2023 — Women in Toys, Licensing & Entertainment (WiT) is pleased to announce the appointment of five accomplished industry leaders to its Board of Directors. With their wealth of experience and commitment to WiT’s vision and values, these exceptional women are poised to play a pivotal role in further shaping the strategic direction and driving the mission of the organization.

The following new board members will serve a three-year term, beginning on July 1, 2023:

  1. Deirdre Cross - General Manager, Head of Funko Games

  2. Ehi Oviasu-Kahn - Principal, Little Art

  3. Lisa Gilbert - President US & Canada Commercial, Hasbro, Inc.

  4. Menal McGrath - SVP Global Licensing, Dan Dee International

  5. Stephanie Bailey - Vice President, Global Toys, Paramount

"We’re excited to welcome these five extraordinary women to our board,” said Janice Ross, President of Women in Toys, Licensing & Entertainment. "Their strong and diverse set of skills, expertise and unique perspectives will enrich our board’s dynamics, and their outstanding dedication to all we do at WiT will be invaluable. We look forward to their contributions and collaboration as we navigate the exciting opportunities that lie ahead.” 

The WiT board of directors collectively plays a vital role in steering the organization’s future trajectory and actively shaping its programs and initiatives. With the addition of these new board members, WiT will continue to make a transformative impact on the industry, further strengthening its position as a catalyst and change agent for the advancement of women in the toy, consumer products, licensing and entertainment industries.

For media inquiries or more information about WiT, please contact:

Mary Kay Russell

Executive Director


Founded in 1991, Women in Toys, Licensing & Entertainment (WIT) / The WIT Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to advance women through leadership, networking and educational opportunities. WIT serves and supports women at all stages of their careers, from entrepreneurs and startups to seasoned industry veterans. The WIT Foundation grants scholarships to deserving students enrolled in industry-related undergraduate programs. WIT has 25 chapters throughout the U.S., Canada, Hong Kong, France, the UK and Australia, with liaisons in Finland, Germany, India and Lebanon.

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